Ranking this week’s MLS games from best to worst.
Atlanta United at NYCFC, 12:30 p.m. Saturday: Atlanta United can put down a marker on the rest of the East if it takes points in its next two games against two of the four contenders in the East.
New York Red Bulls at Columbus, 5 p.m. Saturday: This game should be very exciting because it features two teams that can put together a scoring chance with just one pass.
Sporting KC at Portland, 10:30 p.m. Saturday: Sporting KC and Dallas are the class of the West. Portland is close. A win would push them to that level.
Philadelphia at Toronto, 8 p.m. Friday: If Toronto doesn’t get three points here, the odds of it securing a playoff berth and getting a chance to defend its MLS title don’t seem good.
Orlando at Vancouver, 7 p.m. Saturday: Six wins followed by four losses and Jason Kreis seems to once again be struggling to get his team to play how we wants.
Real Salt Lake at L.A. Galaxy, 10:30 p.m. Saturday: If Zlatan Ibrahimovic doesn’t start – and based upon recent results it seems likely – how will he respond?
Montreal at Dallas, 8 p.m. Saturday: Three points for Dallas.
New England at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. Saturday: Two hopefuls to secure one of what seems likely to be the fifth and sixth seeds in the playoffs.
LAFC at San Jose, 10:30 p.m: Three points for LAFC.
Colorado at Houston, 9 p.m. Saturday: Three points for Houston.
D.C. United at Seattle, 10 p.m. Saturday. Ugh.
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